Alabama head coach Nick Saban always seems to have some ideas to ponder, if people are willing to listen. The head coach of the Crimson Tide was vocal about his desire for the SEC to move to a nine-game conference schedule in football, but that ultimately was rejected. Now Saban says he has a plan that could help improve the bowl system as we move into the era of the College Football Playoff.
Let the selection committee do all the work in pairing bowl match-ups and do away with conference tie-ins.
“I think we have to change the whole system,” Saban said Tuesday on a coaching tour according to Al.com. “I understand everybody’s point of view on this. Everybody wants to be bowl eligible, they look at it like if we have another conference game, that’s seven more losses of everyone which would minimize the number of teams that could get in bowl games.”
Saban then went on to suggest the work being done by the selection committee for the College Football Playoff could be expanded to all of the bowls.
“Well I think on the other end of it, the committee that’s going to pick the top four teams for the playoff are really picking the top 12 teams for all six sort of championship bowl games, whatever they call it now,” Saban said. “Well, why don’t we do it like basketball and let them pick all the teams for all the bowl games. Then it doesn’t matter what your record is.”
A few teams with worthy records have been left out of bowl games in recent years. Saban’s hypothetical idea may be one that could prevent that from happening again as conference tie-ins have the opportunity to block a team with a better record from getting int a bowl game. It is an interesting idea by Saban, but considering how the bowl system is run by corporate sponsorships and big money conference deals, it seems unlikely to happen.
But thanks for the suggestion, Saban!
As has been pretty much par for the course thus far, LSU’s offensive line will once again be at less than full strength — although the injured cavalry could be on the way.
During the first quarter of this past Saturday’s closer-than-expected win over Louisiana Tech, Garrett Brumfield went down with a knee injury and didn’t return. As a result of that injury, the starting left guard will miss this Saturday’s game against Ole Miss.
A timeline for a return has yet to be determined.
“We don’t know when Garrett will be back,” head coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. “I don’t know that yet.”
Brumfield’s injury is the latest offensive line issue that’s hit the fifth-ranked Tigers over the past month. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Starting left tackle Saahdiq Charles missed two of the last three games, and starting right tackle Adrian Magee has been out since Sept. 2 against Miami. If you add in the suspension of Ed Ingram before fall camp, LSU has played without four starters.
The good news is that Charles and Magee could potentially play this weekend, although they’re officially listed as questionable at this point in time.
One of the most electrifying special teams players in the country won’t see the field again until 2019.
South Florida’s Terrence Horne has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season, the football program has confirmed. The freshman wide receiver suffered the injury during practice in the week leading up to this past Saturday’s win over East Carolina.
“You hate to lose a player, because he had worked so hard. Not only is he a good football player, he’s an unbelievable young man. Always has a smile on his face, would do anything you ask him to do,” head coach Charlie Strong said by way of the Tampa Bay Times. “That one kind of hurt us.”
Horne currently leads the FBS level in kick return average at an even 47 yards per. In Week 1, he tied an NCAA single-game record by returning a pair of kicks for touchdowns.
Ahead of a matchup of undefeated ACC teams, one of them has taken a hit to its passing attack.
After Syracuse pushed its record to a perfect 4-0 with a Week 4 win over UConn, head coach Dino Babers revealed that Ravian Pierce will be sidelined indefinitely because of an unspecified lower-body injury. The starting tight end missed the non-conference win over the Huskies because of the issue.
At this point, it’s unclear when the injury took place.
“It’s really kind of disappointing, it kind of snuck up on us,” the head coach said by way of the Syracuse Post-Standard. “He’s such a tough guy. We don’t know exactly when it happened.”
In three games this season, all starts, the senior had caught six passes for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In starting nine games last season, the 6-3, 237-pound Pierce’s four receiving touchdowns were tied for second on the team.
Syracuse will travel to unbeaten and second-ranked Clemson this weekend.
Harsh and decidedly unexpected news coming out of Evanston Monday afternoon will have a significant impact on Northwestern’s football team moving forward.
The football program confirmed earlier today that Jeremy Larkin will be forced to retire from the game of football as a result of a recent diagnosis of cervical stenosis. The good news is that the condition is not considered life-threatening even as it precludes any future participation in the sport.
Obviously, the sophomore running back’s decision to retire, which came as the football program was coming off its one bye weekend of the season, is effective immediately.
“Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won’t be on that field again, given I’ve played this game since I was five years old,” said Larkin in a statement. “I’m extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first. I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline.”
“This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete,” head football coach Pat Fitzgerald. “But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him. The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can’t wait to see the impact he makes in our world.”
Through three games, Larkin’s 346 yards rushing were easily tops on the Wildcats. In fact, Larkin currently accounts for an astounding 98.6 percent of the Wildcats’ 351 rushing yards as a team. Additionally, he has five of their seven rushing touchdowns on the season.
Northwestern will open up Big Ten play this weekend as they host No. 14 Michigan.